Chaplain Lewis was a gift to colleagues and crisis victims
SNOHOMISH — Chaplain Howard Lewis was a fixture at Fire District 4 who befriended everyone he met said Deputy Fire Chief Mike Gatterman.
The 69-year-old passed away July 11 after a long battle with cancer, but made an indelible imprint on the community.
He was a constant support that firefighters at District 4 counted on since he became a chaplain there in 2007. He not only served grieving and traumatized families at the site of fires and emergencies, but got to know each firefighter and was there whenever they needed to talk.
“He loved that, loved serving the Lord and that was the way he gave back,” Gatterman said.
He was the same at work as he was volunteering.
He was “a great person, extremely truthful, helpful … Just his goodness to other people, it is just amazing,” said Chuck Brewster, owner of L&B Auto. Brewster credits Lewis, the former owner, with making it possible for him to buy the business and succeed at it.
Brewster still sees many legacy customers from when Lewis owned the business who were devoted to the kind owner.
Customers knew even if they could not pay, Lewis would keep their cars running so they could work and take care of family, paying him back $10 a month or sometimes not at all.
Lewis would, and the shop still does, support the Kiwanis, Boys and Girls Club, Senior Center, and he would “do a ton for charity,” Brewster said.
Lewis volunteered and served on boards at CrossView Church, the Kiwanis Club, Harbor Sailing Club, Snohomish Senior Center, Faith Assembly Church and Automotive Service Association.
When he wasn’t serving locally, he was traveling to help hurricane and disaster victims, Gatterman said.
His compassionate ear and selfless actions continue to resound in the lives of the thousands he touched through volunteerism and the countless hours of listening to and praying for those in need.
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